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Israel heads to early elections as government coalition dissolves

By SAM SOKOL

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel will hold new elections in April after the heads of all six coalition parties announced Monday that they were dissolving the government. The current government’s term was set to end in November.

“Out of national and budgetary responsibility, the leaders of the coalition...
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7 of the most heartwarming Jewish stories of 2018

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — This year hasn’t been an easy one. From shootings that claimed many innocent lives, including at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, to political turmoil in the United States and abroad, there have been many moments of sorrow.

But there were bright spots too. As 2018 comes...
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Danon warns UN: ‘If Hezbollah dares to attack Israel, it will bring ruin to Lebanon

By JACKSON RICHMAN

— Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon warned the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday about the threat Hezbollah poses to the Jewish state, calling the terrorist group a “lifeblood” from Iran.

“Hezbollah has built a terror base inside a civilian population, with its...
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Rona Ramon, widow of astronaut killed in Space Shuttle Columbia, dies at 54

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Rona Ramon, the widow of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, who died on board the space shuttle Columbia, has died.

Rona Ramon, who became a public figure and established the Ramon Foundation to promote academic excellence and social leadership among Israeli youth, died on Monday...
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In wake of attacks, settlers ratchet up pressure on Netanyahu government

By SAM SOKOL

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hundreds of Israeli settlers, mostly high school students, took to the streets on Sunday morning, heeding a call by leaders of the settlement movement to protest outside of the weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem.

Waving placards bearing the slogan...
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Israel’s military uncovers 4th attack tunnel from southern Lebanon

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli military has uncovered and prepared for destruction a fourth attack tunnel that starts in Lebanon and stretches into Israel.

“The route of the tunnel is under the control of the IDF and poses no threat,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.  

“The...
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A soldier’s death brings grief to Israeli army’s fervently religious battalion

By SAM SOKOL

JERUSALEM (JTA) — “Yosef! Yosef!” wailed Rabbi Eliyahu Meirav, calling out the name of his stepson lying covered in a shroud on the marble slab before him. “You were righteous. I didn’t want to believe it. You were all heart, completely pure, a holy and wonderful boy.”

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Illinois warns Airbnb of blacklist placement over its settlement boycott

By RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — The Illinois state body that sets investment policy gave Airbnb 90 days to explain why it will not list properties in West Bank settlements.

At the request of Gov. Bruce Rauner, the outgoing Republican governor, the Illinois Investment Policy Board on Wednesday unanimously voted to...
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Natalie Portman thinks Israel’s nation-state law is racist

(JTA) — Natalie Portman isn’t a fan of Israel’s controversial nation-state law, which defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

The Jerusalem-born actress slammed the law, which was criticized as it was debated and adopted over the summer, in an interview with BBC’s Arabic language channel published Sunday.

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2 Israelis killed, 2 seriously injured in second West Bank attack

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Israelis were killed and two seriously injured in a second shooting near a bus stop in the West Bank.

The attack on Thursday morning occurred at a bus stop outside of the Givat Asaf settlement, about a mile down the same road from...
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